Sometimes I make mistakes.
Mistakes liiiiike dyeing my gorgeous, perfectly golden blonde hair to theeeee most atrocious shade of purple imaginable and thus having to spend MONTHS to get it back to that luxurious shade of blonde.
Mistakes like eating half of a whole pie a couple nights ago because it was the day after Christmas and therefore, calories were nonexistent from the day-after-a-holiday-calorie-rule. #nottrue
Mistakes like accidentally over-drafting my bank account because I was too lazy to check but too eager to buy a new stack of books.
Mistakes like creating a very popular recipe on the interwebs for looking great but coming together.. not so great.
Ever since I posted my Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars with Cookie Dough Frosting, it’s been one of my top recipes on the blog. However, it’s also been the one most people complain about having problems with — and that ain’t cool, bro.
While I strive to make sure every recipe of mine is perfect before it goes to publish, sometimes I make stupid human mistakes and mess a thing or two up and don’t realize it until later (or at all, like in this case).
As I sat, oblivious to the problems people were having with this recipe, I kept getting comment after comment, email after email about readers having issues. In turn, I kind of felt like a bad friend–giving you a recipe that looks SO promising but is really crappy (like a cute handbag whose straps break in a week–lame and heartbreaking, man).
Soooo I tweaked this recipe so we could be friends again. And so we could all enjoy delicious cookie bars with cookie dough frosting like we are perfect people who never make mistakes and then have to correct them on the internet. Or whatever.
For Cookie Bars:
3/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup mini milk chocolate chips
For Cookie Dough Frosting:
1 stick butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup brown sugar
About 3 cups powdered sugar
Milk (as needed)
1 cup miniature chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8×8″ pan with foil, extending the sides over the edges of the pan. Mist lightly with cooking spray and set aside.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, soda, cornstarch and salt, and set aside. Meanwhile, in a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat together the butter and sugars until creamy, about a minute. Beat in the egg and vanilla to combine.
3. Gradually add flour mixture to the butter mixture, beating well after each addition. Once dough has come together, stir the mini chocolate chips in by hand with a wooden spoon.
4. Press the cookie dough into the prepared dish in an even layer. Bake for approx. 20 minutes or until golden brown, center is set, and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out mostly clean. Cool completely.
5. To prepare the frosting, in the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter, vanilla and brown sugar until creamy. Gradually add the powdered sugar, about a cup at a time, until frosting is light and fluffy. You kind of want it on the softer side (think cookie dough!) rather than stiff icing, so if you need to add milk, do so now, about a Tablespoon at a time. Stir in the miniature chocolate chips.
6. Spread the frosting evenly on top of the cooled cookie bars. Pop the bars in the fridge for about 10 minutes or so to set the frosting.
7. Cut into squares and serve! This recipe makes about 9 bars if you cut them larger, or about 12 on the smaller side (like what I did here). You can keep them fresh in the fridge for a couple days when covered.
First of all, I love this basic cookie dough recipe. It has yet to fail on me and is SO delicious and completely goofproof. The cornstarch adds height to the bars, making them tall and puffy rather than short and squat like my last batch. According to readers, the last recipe produced a crumbly, dry dough — this dough is very wet and sticky but produces a moist, fluffy bar. I’m sure if you give this another try (or a first try!) you’ll be impressed by the difference.. I am! A second time is definitely a charm
Have a wonderful New Year’s Day!